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What is the similarity between " If " by Rudyard Kipling and  " The Road Not Taken "...

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architashini | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted December 29, 2010 at 10:27 PM via web

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What is the similarity between " If " by Rudyard Kipling and  " The Road Not Taken " by Robert Frost?

highlight their poetic philosophy with regard to their respective poems example rudyard specifies specific quality in a leader .

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speamerfam | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted December 30, 2010 at 12:21 AM (Answer #1)

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Each poem speaks about choice and individuality.  There are certainly differences in how each makes his point, but the philosophy is quite similar.   

Kipling tells his reader to make the difficult choice to:  

...keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs.... (1-2)

And to:

...make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss...(17-18)

Frost says,

I took the one less traveled by, (19)

In each case, a less popular choice is made.  

However, there are some huge differences in how each poet gets his message across.  In "If," Kipling uses a direct comparison between the person being addressed and other people, while Frost uses the metaphor of two paths in a wood.  In the case of "If," the reader is directed to examine his behavior in conjunction with the behavior of others, while Frost's choice takes place as he stands alone.  Kipling's poem is more about being a leader, and Frost focuses more on personal satisfaction.  Kipling addresses the reader in the second person, talking directly to a particular "you," while Frost appears to be musing to himself about the choice he made.  There are literary elements that are quite different, too,  for example, with Kipling using quite direct language and Frost using imagery. 

Given that both have a message about being true to oneself, which do you think conveys the message more successfully?  Whose advice do you find more compelling? 

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salmanameerassadi | Student , Grade 11 | Honors

Posted December 30, 2010 at 1:06 PM (Answer #2)

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IF POEM SAYS THAT WE COULD DO IT OR WE SHOULD DO IT BUT ROAD NOT TAKEN IS A POEM WHICH SAYS ABOUT CHOICES.IN SOME OR OTHER WAY IT IS SAME.AS I SAID  IF IS OF DECISION AND ROAD NOT TAKEN IS CHOOSING.

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